Long Weekends Are Never Long Enough

View from Clear Lake Marina as a pontoon boat glides out for a scenic tour.

We all have our long weekend rituals and like many Manitobans, the long weekends in the summer are a perfect time to get outdoors and leave the city. Our August-long adventure this month was a trip to Clear Lake at Riding Mountain National Park. As pandemic lockdowns and gathering restrictions have eased in Manitoba, it was no surprise to see so many people in Wasagaming and next to no accommodations at campsites, hotels, and cottages.

Riding Mountain National Park Visitor Centre in the heart of Wasagaming town site.

Luckily, we were able to snap up a reservation at Elkhorn Resort & Conference Centre on a last-minute cancellation and spend a couple of days relaxing and enjoying the outdoors. It was comfortable stay at Elkhorn and the kids enjoyed the indoor pool as they haven’t been able to swim in Winnipeg for the last 15 months.

Wasagaming townsite located in Riding Mountain National Park was as busy as I’ve ever seen it. Everyone was itching to get outdoors and enjoy the opportunity to get back to normal and celebrate in large groups. Many Filipino families setup their picnic and buffet tables by the Clear Lake beach and marina. Many of the activities were sold out including the marina tours, boating rentals, paddling and kayak rentals too.

FamJam photo at Elkhorn Resort

So many activities to take in, while others simply relaxed on the beach, in the park and at the campgrounds. Not to forget Clear Lake Golf Course which is located within a 10min drive from Wasagaming.

Splish, splash on Clear Lake Beach

A trip to Riding Mountain National Park wouldn’t be complete without picking up cinnamon buns from Whitehouse Bakery